Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Tablescape

Good morning friends!

What a lovely weekend it was. Sunshine and gradually increasing warmth made for a fantastic weekend of getting caught up on house chores and visiting with family.

Easter is usually my turn to cook so I managed to set the table up after removing all the paraphernalia from the bathroom and take a few photos.

I got some of the bunnies out of their boxes and gave them their shot in the spotlight.


i am so happy that brass is back on trend, not making me the wacky gold girl anymore. i found a set of brass plated utensils a few weeks ago for 5 bucks and they looked great on the table. i am also thoroughly enjoying using the new green ball jars for drinks.

my mom found these green and white antique napkins for me last year and i was excited to put them to use last night

Happy belated Easter everyone and enjoy your day!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Graphite chair before and after

Good Thursday morning everyone!

The sun is shiny, the birds are chirping and the cold weather is being banished.

A little before and after furniture transformation for you today. As I prepare for our show on May 31 (are you coming? did you sign in to the event page on Facebook?)
there will be more furniture transformations and or just general sharing of some of the great pieces we find that you might just be able to bring home with you.

Today is a simple chair and side table.

this is a fantastic solid oak chair that had a dated shiny finish wreaking havoc with its image. my original intent for this chair was to strip and leave lovely wood with hemp oil but, the amount of curves in the "6" legs would have taken forever and many toothbrushes to get all the poly out. i choose classic black and used #anniesloan chalk paint in graphite with a lot of dark wax. i like my furniture to be long lasting and i have found that the area i live in does not appreciate colour so much.  many of my coming makeovers will be black, white and grey as i never intended to be an orphanage for furniture with funky colours. this also suits me fine as the natural tones are what i love anyways and i think that love is reflected in those pieces.

the little marble side table saw the same finish and they actually look quite lovely together. a perfect pair for a living room or bathroom corner with space.

i styled up this chair with my favourite grey and white ticking pillows i was raving about in my bedroom. these are also in the shop and will be at the sale if you fancy.

the direction of the light gives the seat an aged look that works with the piece. i did some wear distressing where it would be found with age on this chair around the arms and seat front.

as with the last show, i will try to use items in my shoots that will be present at the sale. concrete birds with spring decor, milk glass vases galore, terracotta pots.

here is her before shot. such a beautiful chair just needed some updating to be relevant to today.

Well have a fantastic day everyone,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A touch of spring in the bedrooms

I haven't done too too much decorating for spring this year on account of the bathroom and the bunnies are looking at me through their plastic boxes because I haven't let them come out to play this year yet. I have taken away all the dark fur blankets and pillows in our bedrooms upstairs and done a little *refresh* to make the rooms feel lighter for the coming months. A little tour of the details for you today.

on the chair: blanket is apart of Threshold collection from #target, pillow fabric is Sanderson Angel Fern charcoal colour way. (i have more of this and it will be at the show and on etsy soonish)

 the paisley blocked duvet cover from #westelm is out again and i still love it all these years later. i wish they would introduce a blocked line like this again.

the striped pillowcases are new from #westelm in charcoal and white. the large lumbar got changed out to my favourite grey and white ticking(also available in store) and the small lumbar got the antique linen sheet treatment

i retired my winter leather purse and let stella wear it for the summer time. she looks quite fashionable i think.

the pillow on this chair is made out of antique indigo fabric from thailand. i am not generally a blue person but this antique indigo has been coming onto my radar and i am smitten. i am making some for outside on our patio and of course i will make some to share. 

i swapped out the lampshades on these lamps again to a lighter linen shade i found at #homesense. the dark charcoal was too heavy for this time of year. call me the lampshade hoarder. the collection of green vases is vintage and comes from my childhood neighbour that sold them to me last summer. she used to give my brother and i ice cream all the time and had the biggest dog. i like that they remind me of her.

Thanks for stopping by today

Have a good one,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Woot Woot, the tile is in!

So the tile is in and the grout is in its second day of drying. The tile process made our tiler want to pull his hair out, as our renovated old home has the wonkiest walls and makes getting a straight line not simple.

I am super loving my choices of the floor and tub deck tile.When the grout went in it was almost black and I was having a super stroke that I made a huge mistake with the Delorean Gray from #homedepot. The 1x1 mosaic on the tub deck uses a lot of grout so it takes a few days to dry completely and the colour it is now is still not even the tone it will end up.
There is also the added bonus that grouting up against bead board in a small space means there is grout drying in the wood grooves that we can't get out until it is dry.

and the toilet is back in the bathroom! we have some small projects we will be finishing in here but now we are at a stand still waiting for the faucets so we can finish everything else.
major bummer alert. i knew the lead time was 4-5 weeks for the taps and since we just hit the 4 1/2 week mark i called the company to see if there was a ship date yet and low and behold the entire company is closed for passover. UNTIL APRIL 23!!!!! information that might have been useful prior to me placing the order, as that puts them at 7 weeks. i even double checked with them about the lead time prior to ordering. don't they know how important a schedule is to us bloggers? their message said they are monitoring email so i am hoping to get some kind of a response back this week.

Have a great Monday all.

I have a little spring tour tomorrow for you and a great furniture makeover later this week.

See you then.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Bathroom Reno: Progress

The state of the bathroom as of yesterday night.

  • All of the tile has been removed
  • the front of the tub wainscotting has been removed to allow access to the valves for new yet to arrive faucet set
  • old x2 subfloors removed and new single sub floor properly installed (it is no wonder our tiles were all cracking let me tell you)
  • patched all the walls (from my excessive gallery walling)
  • all walls and wainscotting painted Benjamin Moore's White Dove (same colour as our dining room and kitchen cupboards)
  • sealed gaps in crown molding with paintable caulking and repainted ceiling flat white
  • rewired and installed new very antique light fixture (was previously hanging in a local church)

 it is hard to get a good shot of the detail on this light but it has an almost gothic raised detail on the glass and looks exactly like i had hoped in the space. the brass was terribly dirty when we brought it home but a whole lot of brasso brought it back to life.

 and all of the bits awaiting their place in our bathroom currently living in our dining room including the now temporarily homeless capiz chandelier.

I am getting excited for Wednesday morning to see our tile starting to go in and the vision coming to life. We spent a few hours yesterday washing all of the marble as it was so dusty from the supplier.

We also finally got some sun and warmish weather on a weekend so I spent a bit of time finding my workbench from a winter of hopeless piling. I am not ready to get back into painting mode to get a few pieces done for the show.

Well that's it for today

Have a good one,


Friday, April 4, 2014

Pinterest Inspiration: March 2014

How are you all doing?

It has been one hell of a week here in my little hamlet. We have  been running around like crazy people and I got so many great items for the show this week it is ridiculous including a whole bunch of salvaged wood banister posts. Our house looks like a dust and fur bomb and it just feels ridiculous to me to clean when there is renovation materials all over the place. I will have a bathroom update for you on Monday morning. Our tiler is coming on Wednesday to get going so I am hoping that all of the other materials on backorder start coming in so we can finish this reno up and get to the decorating and reveal stage, my personal favourite. I know it is all of your favourite as well.

Also on a side note, anyone looking for a pedestal sink with Moen monticello faucets in the Niagara Region, send me an email at

With all the fun and chaos I almost forgot to get my inspiration on with the passing into April. And let's be honest, everything is still brown and yucky here, so inspiration is sorely needed.

Living Room Photos (18 of 2251) - Lonny 

perfectly collected

traditional living room by Two Ellie 

lovely home with a rustic cohesive flow. check out that dining room lantern.

Our Kitchen: Before & After 

i must admit i have a huge designer/blog crush on lauren liess and her recent sharings of her home in this and the next few photos have me creating a board on pinterest under her name so i can look at the fabrics and collections in one place

Our Bedroom & Secret Garden: Before & After 
Lauren Liess's Loft! 

Our Kitchen: Before & After, iron shelving, oil paintings over sink 

Stylish Loft - lookslikewhite Blog - lookslikewhite 

my favourite colour scheme

Mounted Sap Buckets 

#cottage #garden | Douglas VanderHorn 

soon pretty flowers, soon.

Island Pendant Lights | Ashley Gilbreath | Old House Kitchen | Marble Countertop | Boxwood Wreath 

those lights are making me swoon

Well that's it for the favourites this month. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I do.

Have a great day,


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Where we've been!

Sorry for the bit of writing silence in these parts. I haven't had a ton to say or show as this is what we are in the middle of right now. There is crap everywhere on our main floor so although I have some pretty awesome spring decor to share, it is under dust and sinks parts.

Bathroom numero uno as of Thursday night. See the cat streak on the lower left side? He just tried to see if he could fit in the heat register.


Taken this morning after last nights tile scrape. Who doesn't want to use their toilet in the tub? 2 birds with 1 stone I say.
So there you have it. this blog is going reno fun style for the next 2 (hopefully not more provided my faucet sets come in on time) weeks. 

Have a good weekend all. We're painting!

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